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Professor, Interim Chair
201A Hartwell Hall
Phone: (585) 395-5571
John K. Marah, EdD, professor (and chairperson from 1995 to 2012 and 2017-18) is a native of the Republic of Sierra Leone, West Africa. He earned his Ed. D degree at Syracuse University, writing his dissertation on Pan-African education. He is the author of Pan-African Education: The Last Stage of Educational Developments in Africa (1989); African People in the Global Village (1998); co-editor of The Africana Human Condition and Global Dimensions (2002), and several articles in The Journal of Black Studies; Journal of African Studies; Journal of World History; African Link; The Literary Griot; Network Africa; The Journal of Pan-African Studies, and The Black Woman: Challenges and Prospects for the Future.
He has appeared on television and radio discussing a variety of issues on Africa and African people in general. From 2006 to the present, he has lectured nationally, internationally, and published several essays including “The Virtues and Challenges in Traditional African Education,” Journal of Pan-African Studies, Vol.1, no. 4, 6: 15-24; “Kwame Nkrumah’s Continental Africa: A Dream Deferred but not Forgotten,” in Ama Mazama (ed.) Africa in the 21st Century: Toward a New Future. 2006. New York and London, Routeledge, pp. 17-31; “From the Temples of Egypt to Emperor Haile Selassie’s Pan-African University.” Journal of Pan-African Studies, Vol. 4, No. 10 (1- 2012): 143-171; “Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Transformative Feminism in Africa,” International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science, Vol. 1, No. 4: 12-2013: 31-36; Dr. Marah is currently working on a book, The African Union Needs a Pan-African Educational System: Essays on Pan-African Education and Pan-Africanism.